"The proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger would be the fourth-largest telecommunications merger in history," four top House Judiciary Committee members said. "The committee has a strong record of reviewing proposed transactions that could have a significant impact on consumers and the competitive marketplace."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) also implied that his panel would bring in top company executives for a hearing as well. He said the committee "will be looking closely at this transaction."
Both committees held hearings recently on Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.
But hearings on Capitol Hill allow lawmakers to publicly question company executives and raise concerns for regulators to consider. The hearings also can give consumer groups, competitors and other opponents a forum to air their complaints.